FSA ID Required

You and/or your parent must have a FSA ID # from the U.S. Department of Education to electronically sign your FAFSA. For information on how to create a FSA ID #, click this link,  FSA ID.

To create a FSA ID, click this link, Create FSA ID.
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After your FAFSA is processed, you will receive an email notice with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you did not provide an email address, you will receive your SAR by regular mail. Check your SAR very carefully to make sure the information is correct. If data is not correct, login to your online FAFSA and make the necessary corrections.

If you do not receive a response from the FAFSA processor within three weeks, go to and select "Check the Status of a Submitted FAFSA."

11 common fafsa mistakes

Click this link, FAFSA mistakes to learn more about the common mistakes students and parents make when completing the FAFSA application.

2017-2018 (Fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018)

You can now apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 school year (Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018). The application can be completed at this link, FAFSA.

You will need to provide income information from the 2015 tax year. At this time, the IRS Data Retrieval is not available to transfer IRS data to your FAFSA. If required, you may need to submit an IRS Tax Transcript or a signed copy of your 2015 Tax return.

See the important deadlines below.

2017-2018 Deadlines

March 2, 2017 – Deadline to be considered for Cal Grants A, B or C. You must submit a FAFSA and a GPA Verification*.

April 15, 2017 – Deadline for priority consideration for Federal Work Study and Federal SEOG for the 2017-2018 school year.

September 2, 2017 - Deadline for community college students only for Cal Grant B and C. You must be enrolled for Fall 2017 and submit a FAFSA and a GPA verification.

June 30, 2018 – Deadline to submit your FAFSA for processing for the 2017-2018 school year but only if you are enrolled for the Summer 2018 term.

You must submit your FAFSA to the federal processor by June 30, 2018, or by the end of semester for which you are requesting aid or your last date of enrollment, whichever occurs first, to be considered for aid.

*Students who have completed 24 or more units of transferable course work will have their GPA automatically calculated and submitted by the Financial Aid Office.


  • Your application is processed faster
  • Online logic allows you to complete only the sections you need based on your circumstances
  • Ability to transfer your Federal tax return information from the IRS to your FAFSA directly
  • Ability to transfer your parent’s Federal tax return information from the IRS to your FAFSA directly
  • Online edits inform you of missing or inconsistent information right away
  • Receive an online confirmation of completion
  • Ensure that you meet application deadlines
This page was last updated on July 3, 2017.